Basel → Cologne
Relaxation and inspiration await you on this unforgettable journey through three countries and five cities in just five days. Glide along the romantic Rhine River from Basel, Switzerland to Cologne, Germany as the passing cityscapes and serene countryside melt into one another.
Enter the idyllic Alsace region of France and you’ll find yourself in a world of cultural discovery, half-timbered houses, and exceptional wine. Experience the myth-enshrouded Upper Middle Rhine Valley with its dreamy vistas, sprawling vineyards, striking Loreley Rock, and the highest density of castles in the world.
Your journey begins in Basel, the third-largest city in Switzerland. After embarking you can explore your AMADEUS ship and meet the cruise director on board at a Welcome Cocktail. Your floating hotel departs for Strasbourg shortly before the Welcome Dinner on board.
During the night, your ship left Switzerland and followed the Rhine into the Alsace region in the south of France. During breakfast, arrive in Strasbourg – a city known not only for its romantic old town, but also for the numerous important European institutions housed there. In the morning, explore the city independently, or as part of an organised tour. A detour to the countryside is highly recommended, particularly along the famous wine route, where the quaint wine-growing villages will delight wine-lovers and the general public alike. Late tonight, your ship departs for Germany.
Two charming stops await you today. In the morning, arrive in Rüdesheim, a town well known for its winemaking, especially Riesling wines. Nearby, Siegried's Mechanical Music Cabinet with its historic automated musical instruments is a delight. Your AMADEUS ship will depart punctually at lunchtime, to cruise the most beautiful section of the river – the legendary Upper Middle Rhine Valley. The view from the sun deck, of the myth-enshrouded Lorelei, is sure to be a highlight of your cruise. Shortly thereafter, we arrive in Koblenz, one of Germany’s oldest and most beautiful towns, where you can end the day with a leisurely stroll through the city.
The vessel departs Koblenz in the early hours, and makes a detour along the Mosel River to the most romantic part of the valley and the little town of Cochem. The magnificent Reichsburg castle is situated high above the town, dominating the landscape. Down below, the village with its narrow streets, half timbered houses, and numerous restaurants are an ideal setting to taste the wines of the region. Back on board dinner is served as the journey continues to Cologne.
Your vessel will arrive in Cologne early in the morning. After breakfast we bid you farewell. We hope to welcome you again soon!
Last Minute Savings:
Owing to the variety of available excursions it‘s often difficult to choose between them - so on this cruise we offer you tailor-made and carefully composed sets of excursions that you can book in advance with 15% discount. All excursions can of course also be booked individually at regular rates on board.
|Cruise Highlights||Unit Price||A||B|
|City Tour of Strasbourg||£ 49.00|
|Alsace and wine excursion||£ 51.00|
|Rüdesheim walking tour incl. music cabinet museum||£ 21.00|
|Koblenz walking tour||£ 15.00|
|Cochem walking tour with wine tasting||£ 35.00|
|Onboard Booking Price||£ 105.00||£ 171.00|
|Prices for packages booked in advance||£ 91.00||£ 146.00|